FRANCE honors DUMAS, the grandson of Haitian slave woman !
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Dec 4, 2002

At last, Alexandre DUMAS, the gandson of Césette Dumas, the Haitian slave woman, was honored by President Chirac, last Saturday.

A tribute long OVERDUE!

For all LE MONDE articles related to this momentous event, please consult link below.

I am sorry, these are French articles only. I don\'t know if foreign press has echoed this wonderful news yet.

Perhaps, they still don\'t know...


\"C\'est avec fierté et satisfaction que je savoure la nouvelle de l\'entrée au Panthéon national des restes d\'Alexandre DUMAS. Le petit-fils de l\'esclave haïtienne, Césette, et géant de la littérature française a trop attendu...\"


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Arthur Borges
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Oh that's an oldie. Dec 5, 2002

I think it was Einstein that said of France and his theory, \"If I\'m right, they\'ll call me a Frenchman, and if I\'m wrong, they\'ll call me a Jew.\"

Then there\'s Mrs. Josephine Bonaparte who wasn\'t plain vanilla either.

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Arthur, Arthur ... Dec 5, 2002

Then there\'s Mrs. Josephine Bonaparte who wasn\'t plain vanilla either.

Arthur, your last comment cracked me up. As usual, you never lose your sense of humor...

Well, if I may add a comment, I would say that contrary to a host of French or other nationals, the Dumas have always ASSUMED their biracial heritage, and have even proudly flaunted it in an era when such attitude has cost them in reputation and otherwise.

Alexandre Dumas, Sr. by adopting the maiden name of his slave mother (Dumas) acted in such an heroic and sublime manner that I can\'t help admiring him!

That\'s why I am doubly embracing these colossal men both for their accomplishments and their moral character.

And doubly PROUD of them TOO!!.


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Geneviève von Levetzow  Identity Verified
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D'ailleurs, ce n'est pas exact Dec 5, 2002

Arthur, Joséphine de Beauharnais n\'était pas mûlatre mais créole (vient du portuguais crioullo. Il désigne, à l\'origine, les blancs nés dans les colonies de la zone américano-caraïbe et de l\'océan Indien.)

Elle était née Marie-Joseph Rose de la Pagerie, d\'une famille propriétaire d\'une plantation de 500 hectares à La petite Guinée près des Trois Ilets.

Et pour les parlers créole, je laisse la parole à Sandra


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